Here are just a few of the best movies released on DVD and Blu-ray this month that the Metro Library Network has purchased. Remember to check the Media Boxes at the Ladd and Downtown libraries first for hot new releases!
Julianne Moore gives a mesmerizing performance as Alice Howland, a linguistics professor diagnosed with Alzheimer ’s Disease in this adaptation of Lisa Genova’s bestselling novel. Compelling story, great cast, PG-13 rating.
Tim Burton directed and produced this biopic, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, about one of the most commercially successful painters of the 1950s. This drama tells the story of Walter Keane, who was catapulted to international fame while taking credit for his wife’s work.
Sometimes, I wonder how films slip through the Oscar cracks, going unnoticed during award season. Mr. Turner is one of those movies. The title refers to the eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner, played to perfection by Timothy Spall. Consistent five star reviews for dramatic composition, gorgeous scenery, and Spall’s screen-filling performance.
This year’s winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film is Leviathan. The New York Times described it as“Russia’s greatest cinematic accomplishment in years…a vodka-soaked portrait of small-town corruption that has been praised by critics…everywhere, it seems, but Russia.” The movie profiles an auto mechanic trying to hold on to his home in Putin’s Russia. Controversial and politically charged.
Part thriller, part sci-fi, part action movie, Variety described The Guest as “blood-soaked action trash of a high grade on a low budget”. The film stars Dan Stevens (Downtown Abbey) as David, who introduces himself to the grieving Peterson family as their son’s best friend. The son, Caleb, was recently killed in action in Iraq, and David has messages for each family member. Mistrust, clandestine operations, and predictable violence ensue.
This account of Martin Luther King’s 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, was nominated for two Academy Awards. John Legend and Common took home the Best Original Song Oscar for “Glory”, the film’s moving theme song.